Italy – Transport Strike in Rome, Milan, Turin & Lombardy Province
18th February 2013
Transport strikes are planned on 19 February in the capital Rome and the cities of Milan (Lombardy province) and Turin (Turin province), which will cause significant disruptions to local public transport.
Bus, tram, metro and railway services will be sporadic in these cities on the day, particularly between 08.00 and 14.30 (local time) and from 17.30 until the end of the day.
In addition, a railway strike has been announced for the Lombardy province from 03.00 on 19 February until 02.00 on 20 February.
If you are travelling to one of the above listed cities or to the Lombardy province, we advise the following:
- Consider alternative modes of travel and book rental cars or taxis as far in advance as possible to minimise inconvenience during public transport strikes.
- Allocate extra time for road journeys, as large numbers of commuters are likely to opt to use private vehicles to get to work in Rome and Turin on 19 February and Lombardy on 19-20 February, meaning that traffic congestion is likely to be worse than usual, especially during rush hours.
- Allow additional time for journeys to mitigate inconvenience. Travellers who are considering using public transport on these dates should expect services to be delayed and overcrowded.
- Exercise caution if deciding to self-drive. Driving in the major cities, particularly in Rome, can be intimidating. Roads are congested, narrow and winding, and accidents are common.
- Monitor the local media and our travel security alerts on Italy to remain appraised of related developments.
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